259. If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. ~From THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett

At that moment a very good thing was happening to her. Four good things had happened to her, in fact, since she came to Misselthwaite Manor. She had felt as if she had understood a robin and that he had understood her; she had run in the wind until her blood had grown warm; she had been healthily hungry for the first time in her life; and she had found out what it was to be sorry for someone.  ~Excerpted from THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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My first move of the day is from the bed to my recliner so I can sit a while and enjoy whatever is going on out in the yard.  I’ve still not seen any robins, but as I kept watching the Cardinals come today to my feeders, their flashes of red were enough to bring thoughts of Burnett’s novel, The SECRET GARDEN. Her inspirational tale of transformation and empowerment for two children with very dim outlooks and prospects touches my heart on several different levels.  When Mary finds the key to the secret garden, the “magical” powers of transformation come within her reach, and eventually she and Colin are “saved” and offered the prospects of present and future goodness and happiness.  I didn’t begin gardening until much later in life than they, but my discovery of the healing power inherent in all living things and God’s abiding presence in Creation was a pivotal moment of transformation in my life as well.  So I decided to post some lines from the novel tonight along with photographs (via Pinterest) in hopes of relaying the Divine’s “magic” that captured Mary, Colin, and me.

“Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off and they are nearly always doing it.”

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“…the immense, tender, terrible, heart-breaking beauty and solemnity of Eggs.”

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“Never thee stop believin’ in th’ Big Good Thing an’ knowin’ th’ world’s full of it – and call it what tha’ likes. Tha’ wert singin’ to it when I come into t’ garden.”

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“There’s naught as nice as th’ smell o’ good clean earth, except th’ smell o’ fresh growin’ things when th’ rain falls on ’em.”

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“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.”

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“However many years she lived, Mary always felt that ‘she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow.”

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The Lord is my strength and my might, and He has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.  ~Exodus 15:2  ✝

9 thoughts on “259. If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. ~From THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  1. Pingback: 259. If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. ~From THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett | Sacred Touches

    • Yeppers, I am getting anxious for things to get started a little bit anyway. I’m never too anxious for winter to come to an end though, because when it does it means longer HOT seasons for us. I’m glad you got my little booklets. I’m sorry I’m behind on things and haven’t responded yet to yours and James email but it has been a couple of very busy days on this end. I will get around to answering them sometime soon though. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

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  2. Dear Natalie, what a beautiful post! You know I love that story abou The Secret Garden and there has also been quite a nice film, although usually films based upon novels are not a success. Thanks for making a grey day more pleasant 🙂

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    • I’ve got two movie versions of the book and one is better than the other. As you say, movies don’t always do a book justice though. I’m glad my post made your grey day better. Blessings, Annette 🙂

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  3. Oh, how I love love love this post!! 🙂 It is almost as though you have written this post for me! 🙂 I just adore the photos and the quotes from the book and your words and everything about this beautiful post!! Thank you! This was such a lovely thing to wake up to!! 🙂 Thank you so very much for giving me the link! ❤ ❤ ❤

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